Quality Time with Your Significant Other

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Time is a commodity we never seem to have enough of.  Taking care of your children, holding down a job, and juggling chores and social obligations are enough to keep you so busy that you forget to spend alone time with your significant other.  While taking time out for your partner can sometimes feel like just one more thing you need to do, it is important to realize the value of this time in nurturing your relationship and keeping it strong.  The relaxing and fun moments you have with your partner are critical to surviving the occasional bumps in the road you experience as a couple.  Below are some suggestions for ways to take time out for your significant other.

  • Create an Intimate Night in– With some planning, you can create a night in as enjoyable as one you could have out on the town.  Once you have put the kids to bed early, change into your best outfit and open a bottle of wine.  Then, make your partner’s favorite meal (or order in) and dine by candlelight to set a romantic mood.  Afterward, you can watch a movie both of you have been wanting to see while cuddling on the couch.
  • Work Out Together– Working out always seems to go more quickly when you have someone with you, and what better person than your partner?  Many gyms offer childcare services, which will give you both time to play racquetball, run on the treadmill, or lift weights.  As a bonus, breaking a sweat together just may put your mind on bedroom activities for later on in the day.
  • Take a Vacation– There is no better way to spend quality time with someone than when you are away from the rush of your everyday lives.  Family vacations that offer some options for child care, such as cruises and ski resorts, are highly recommended for some additional alone time.

 

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/relationships/quality-time-00100000076983/page4.html

What Women Want

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photo courtesy of joshfults.com

Men may often find themselves asking what it is that women really want.  This is such a common topic that it was the subject of a 2000 comedy film in which Mel Gibson obtained the ability to hear what women were thinking.  But men, please know that you do not need to develop telepathic abilities to keep your wife or girlfriend happy. Fundamentally, women want the same things you do.

1)      Respect.  Women want to know that you respect their choices in life, including their careers, interests, friends, and yes, even wardrobe selections.  When you do disagree with a choice, do so with honesty tempered by fairness, kindness, and consideration of feelings.

2)      Time. Women value the time you spend together, as well as the time you invest in your relationship.  Modern couples often lead a hectic lifestyle, so taking a moment to put the dishes away or otherwise make a woman’s life easier will be greatly appreciated.

3)      Romance.  Women do understand that not every night you spend together will be as fun and exciting as when you first started to date, but at the same time, enjoy it when you don’t give up trying to add something special to your nights together.  So continue to open doors for her, buy her flowers for no reason, and light the candles on your dinner table every so often.

4)       Engagement.  Here, we don’t necessarily mean putting a ring on it, although that is usually appreciated.  Rather, we are referring to being fully mentally present when the two of you are together.  Essentially, when a woman is talking, she wants to know you are both listening and interested in what she has to say.

5)      Communication.  Not only do women want you to hear and understand them, they want to hear and understand you as well.  Don’t be afraid to share the details of your day, no matter how boring you think they are, as this type of sharing deepens intimacy.

 

Source: http://www.yourtango.com/200925879/10-simple-things-women-want

Spice Up Your Sex Life with the Right Foods

spice up sexlife with the right foods

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Are you looking to spice things up in the bedroom?  If so, a romantic evening with some carefully chosen foods may be just the ticket.  Yes, aphrodisiacs do exist! Read on to learn more.

  • Asparagus and Avocados– These foods contain vitamin E, which helps your body produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.  These hormones help to create sexual responses.
  • Bananas– These fruits are popular aphrodisiacs due to their suggestive, phallic shape.  They also contain an enzyme, called bromelain, which is thought to be sexually stimulating for men, and potassium, which is believed to increase the intensity of orgasm.
  • Caviar and Oysters– These treats contain high amounts of zinc, which stimulates the production of testosterone.  (Remember that testosterone plays a role in sexual functioning for both women and men.)
  • Champagne– A moderate amount of this alcoholic beverage provides a feeling of warmth and giddiness that affects women more strongly than men.
  • Chili Peppers– The capsaicin found in hot peppers increases blood circulation and stimulates nerve endings, making you more sensitive to the touch.
  • Dark Chocolate– This much loved item contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, a stimulant that increase your feelings of satisfaction and euphoria.
  • Pomegranates and Red Wine– These contain powerful antioxidants, which protect the lining of your blood vessels and help blood move through them more efficiently. This can result in increased genital sensitivity.
  • Spices– Cloves, ginger, horseradish, nutmeg, oregano, and thyme are all spices containing nutritional components that help you maintain your overall health, including your sexual health.

Finally, scents can also serve to stimulate your sexual desire.  You will notice many perfumes and colognes contain the scents of cinnamon, orange, vanilla, and musk, all of which research has shown increase sexual desire in both women and men.

 

Sources: http://www.mydailymoment.com/love/intimacy/best_aphrodisiacs_to_spice_up_your_sex_life.php?page=1

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